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Text: English, Greek (translation)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; First Edition edition (August 1, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688052797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688052799
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love, love, love it when I get to read ancient Greek verse translated in a true-to-myth form, so this was a delight. Much more lighthearted than "Greek Myths" by Robert Graves; but true to ancient Greece as well.

There is the fair share of Ovid and Homer, but there is Pindar here and Hesiod, and some of the rarer poets - all with a wide range of talent, unifying though the ringing of words. I had never read the whole myth of Psyche and Cupid without it being edited or summarized in some way, and so it was a joy to find it here. Rhoda A. Hendricks is true to Ovid being Roman, and using the Roman names of the gods which they adapted from the Greeks; lovely too, was her commentary to introduce some scenes with little-known information.

She mixes the usual well-known myths with lesser known ones, The Building of the Walls of Troy; Bellerophon and Pegasus - and many others, translated into English from the words of the ancient poets.

While it is sometimes easy for a modern mind to think reading an ancient Greek narrative could be dull; hence the too often practice of giving a summary, in providing this book, Rhoda gives intriguing glimpses into what is truthfully a ancient richly fascinating culture and it's religion we call, merely mythology.
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By A Customer on November 20, 2002
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i am reading this book in school and it is good for like study-type reading...but i wouldn't suggest picking it up for fun because the stories are all really short and quite choppy. i prefer the stories by Ovid and Hessiod personally, yet cupid and psyche is a favorite too...well...hope this helps!
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Kids 7th grade school textbook. It held up for the first quarter's reading. Inexpensive 'classic to keep'. Kids seem to enjoy knowing the stories.
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